Miss Philippines Megan Young won the 2013 Miss World competition and there are two major behind-the-scenes stories that are accompanying the crowning of Miss Philippines as Miss World 2013. On Saturday’s 2013 Miss World pageant event, “wearing a glittering gown, Ms Young, who moved to the Philippines at the age of 10, wept as the Miss World sash was put over her shoulder by 2012 winner Miss China,” reported BBC on Sept. 28, 2013.
Miss Philippines was in fact born in the United States and while Megan Young’s official title is “Miss Philippines,” she is also to some degree a Miss USA.
Miss Philippines moved to the Philippines when she was 10 years old. At the age of 15, she began appearing on screen and starred in films, TV shows, and as a presenter.
Personally, Miss Philippines hopes to eventually move from being in front of the camera to being behind the camera. She is studying Digital Film making and after gaining more experience hopes to become a film director.
Besides being a Miss World pageant winner, Miss Philippines enjoys playing video games and says that she has and always will be a Harry Potter fan, and that she is “guided by my heart… I think and speak from it.”
Not surprisingly, at the age of 23, Miss Philippines grew up with Harry Potter.
To see some of Miss Philippines’ work as a co-director, Megan Young posted a link to her film production on her Facebook page.
After her Miss World 2013 win, Miss Philippines wrote on her Facebook page some grateful words and provides some personal insights into her family and her experience of being Miss Philippines.
“Tonight is the night. I am so overwhelmed by the support I have been receiving. THANK YOU for joining me every step of the way. I’m happy I was able to inspire many people in this journey… Whatever happens, I hope I made a positive impact on your lives! Cheers! For the Philippines and for the WORLD!”
Besides the Miss Philippines’ personal behind-the-scenes story is also the public in-front-of the scenes story.
Originally, the Miss World 2013 contest was scheduled to occur in Jakarta, the largest city of Indonesia. However, due to protests from hardline Muslim groups, the Miss World 2013 competition was moved to Bali, a resort island with a majority Hindu population.
As part of their protests, Muslim groups conducted their own Muslim Miss World 2013 competition, which took place in Jakarta.
“The process involved the competitors reciting the Quran and sharing anecdotes of how they can wear the headscarf, which is a requirement of the show. … The finalists will wear fashionable yet Islamic garments in what Shanti says is an opportunity to show young Muslim women that they do not need to show their hair and bare shoulders to be considered beautiful.”
Due to the conflict between the two worlds, when Miss Philippines was crowned Miss World 2013 on Saturday, security was high in Bali but no further demonstrations were reported.
After Miss Philippines Megan Young, Miss France, Marine Lorphelin, came second in the contest and Miss Ghana, Carranzar Naa Okailey Shooter, took third place.